Excerpt from Dr Jonathan Murphy’s Sermon on Rebuilding Through The Word – Nehemiah 8:1-12
Here we are taken back to basics. As believers we need the essentials from the book of life, the word of God to survive and to rebuild.
6 Essentials To Survive As A Believer
1. Believers must gather as one before God. Our lives, families, society, and our world can only be rebuilt from the truth of God’s word. We must not forsake our gathering together like some do – Hebrews 10:25
2. Another essential is the need for God’s pulpit preaching Pastor. An expository preaching Pastor is required to rebuild the work of God in his people. The body of Christ need a slow cooking Pastor, cooked in the truth of the word of God
3. Believers must assemble and call for the book of the law of God. It means we should come expectant and demand to hear the truth from the book of God. We need to hold our Pastors accountable to bring forth the word of God. Enough of the merchandising, fables, and doctrines of man
4. As individuals, we must be attentive to the word of God. It is your responsibility to plough the soil of your heart to prepare to receive God’s truth. Your preparation will yield insight and transformation
5. You must then apply the word of God you have received in your life, which is your ministry. You must be doers of what you have heard from the word, only then can you be the Bible that the world will read and come to believe Christ is in your midst
In order to effect a positive change in the world believers have to swim against the current – the political correctness, Idolatry, and all sort in our society demanding our conformity. We cannot be like the world, to change the world. We are in the world but not of the world.
I don’t know why it is so difficult for you to believe God loves you! God loves everyone! He does! He loves the Democrats, the Republicans, the Muslims, the queers, the unbelievers, everybody! God loves the WORLD! Everyone in it!
John 3:16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
When you and I accept this, when the WORLD accept this love, it would be easier to live a life worthy of this love. When you love someone, you do things to make that person happy, not hurt the person! So also is with the Lord. You will desire to please Him in all your ways!
Hebrews 3:12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.
If the world believes that he or she is loved, this is where transformation begins! What you come to believe God does not like drops off of you when you genuinely love the Lord. You will cry out to your maker to help you get rid of what you now know is filth and lies!
Will you accept God’s love today? While it is today, as you hear God’s voice reading this, harden not your heart!
Hebrews 3:15 As has just been said:“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.
There is a deep yearning in the heart of every being to be one with its maker. We all crave the presence of God, and there is no better place to feel God than in His Word. Dwell in it, and live by it!
His presence is in wherever you are this moment, for God is not in that place or those places, but within you! God dwells not in that made by human hands, God dwells in our hearts. Will you allow the Lord a place in your heart today? Open up your heart and let the Lord come in. Behold He knocks, if anyone opens up for Him, He will come in and sup with him.
Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Acts 7:48“However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says:49 “‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be? 50 Has not my hand made all these things?’
Acts 17:24“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.
If you do not have a relationship with God or understand what you just read. Please close your eyes and say, Lord Jesus, forgive me my sins, come into my heart and abide with me. Help me Lord to know you and have your way in my heart! It’s that simple! The Holy Spirit will help you. Trust Him!
Thank you Lord for making our hearts your dwelling place. We love you!
It is so unfortunate that when Godly wisdom, truth, diplomacy, love of God, others, and of Country is needed most in the World, the custodians of virtues- Religious Leaders had non handy. We seem to have gotten used to the rottenness all around and decency was far gone. Non existence!
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
James 3:16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
James 4:17 He who knows what is good and right to do, and does not do it, to that person, it is a sin. SIN!!!!!!!!!
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
There are so much that God want for you, and much more that He desires from you. God want you to know He loves you even before the foundation of the earth was laid.
God made provision for you through His son Jesus Christ. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. He desires for you to believe and accept this love. It is real!
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Your loving Father has great plans for you as the above scripture stated. You however have to lean into God and His plan faithfully to be all you can be for your creator. Accept God’s love for you through Christ Jesus who died on the cross in your place. Open up your heart today, invite Jesus in as your Lord and Savior.
You will however be doing your self a favor by putting your faith into action – strategically invest in your own success.
God desires you to be proactive about His plan for your life. He is Sovereign and will fulfill the plan He has for you. Whatever dreams you have is attainable and fulfillable only in Christ Jesus! Yield your all! Embrace the love of God!
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you – Philippians 4:13
Souls are yearning for God, lost and disillusioned. You can make a difference only if Christ can be seen in you. This is why we must truly live the words we say!
This generation are smarter than the previous. They look to match what is said with what they can see you do. Action is said to speak louder than words.
Although the scriptures says go into all the world and preach the gospel – Mark 16:15-16, if what we do precede us, our words will not have the effect it ought to have. We must change this dynamics by living out the word!
Ezekiel 33:7 “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.
Friends, you and I are watchmen. If you see something wrong been perpetrated and you do not speak up against it, you are liable. There is danger in not sounding the alarm now more than ever. Read Ezekiel 33:1-6! Most especially telling the world about Salvation, the gift of Christ Jesus for as many as will accept it. This is the Great Commission!
You have been commissioned as a watchman to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all flesh , baptising them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for the remission of sins – Matthew 28:19.
Often, we lay emphasis on Mark 16:17-18And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
We neglect Mark 16:15And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
As we walk majestically into this next newness, let us resolve to tell as many people as possible about the gift of Salvation that is ours, its freely given, gladly received, eternally worthy! It can be theirs also.
‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman”. When the Lord ask us to partner with him, this most often is our response. We remind the Lord of the facts of our lives like he doesn’t know before calling us. We need to see beyond the facts of our life’s to the limitless potential embedded in yielding to the masters request.
Jesus answered her, he is answering us now also. If we knew the gift of God that has been bestowed on us and the limitless possibility of a life yielded totally to the masters bidding, we will not be reluctant or find excuses to living for and serving the Lord.
We often walk by sight and see only impossibilities. How can the Lord do that which he has promised through me. Alas, I cannot speak well, how about my weakness, short comings and mistakes! Friends, there is countless factors that will disqualify us in the natural without Christ in the picture. How can I be who Christ says I am? My circumstances and situation speaks otherwise. Do I really have it in me to be who Christ says I am? Can Christ really change my story? We often ask and questions ourselves.
Only if we know who’s boat we’ve entered into through salvation. He created the whole universe and times and seasons are in his hands. What he says comes to pass. He renews, restores and rebuilds among others. Yes, Christ will rebuild the old ruins. He will restore health, fortune, ailing love and passion in marriage and so on.
Really? I often wonder. Is it possible for Christ Jesus to restore me? All that I have lost, stolen from me? All the shamble of what remains of a once beautiful hope, I wondered. Oh! If that was possible, why did it not? Wished I had known, I would not have wasted so much time dilly dallying. Well, I am tired of the enormous burden. Jesus would you please take this burden and keep it off the Samaritan woman asked in verse 15.
Christ response was, “Go call your husband and come back”. Oh my! Christ has just touched a sour thumb, ouch! It hurts! The pain, reproach of failed marriages.The seeking of fulfilment outside of the will of God. The laborious agony of filling a void that can only be filled by the love of Christ.
Your husband sisters and mine couldn’t have given us joy without us finding ourselves first in Christ. Lack of joy and fulfilment plagued the Samaritan woman as it does lots of women even today. How she sought joy and fulfilment in the wrong place, until she was in her fifth marriage, even then, joy eludes her. She responded to Jesus that she has no husband. Why? you might ask. Her heart is still void, Joy has eluded her yet again, she’s at a loss, just cohabiting, just surviving, masking it.
Jesus in verse 18 tells her the facts that she has long buried. Alas, its been too painful for her, just like most of us. We bury in the recess of our minds, the pain, shame and reproach of failures without dealing with it. Christ got her attention here. We catch a glimpse of God looking at our past failures, mistakes and so on and yet not judging or condemning us. Instead, he looks at us with love and compassion. We acknowledge and profess our love for God, yet still judge our selves by the things done in the past, or not, by traditions,what people are saying or not saying.
God revealed his love to us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us , every single person. Romans 5:8. We ought to just embrace that which has been wrought for us, accept love and forgiveness and hope for tomorrow. We must stop giving excuses and stop being skeptical. Yes, these other men had promised her heaven and earth and did not deliver. Oh yes, we unconsciously expect another that will take away the pain, shame and aches of the past. A single sister would say, when I get married I will be happy and serve God. A married sister would be, oh well, when my husband changes, or I have children or when my kids grow up everything will be okay and I will serve God then. A sister in transition will say, well, when I remarry or get reconciled with my husband, serving God truthfully would be easier or possible.
Seldom does it cross our mind that Christ wants us just as we are to live for him. Come just as you are to worship, let Christ embrace you, imperfection and all.
Friends, the beauty of the story of the Samaritan lady is that she became an evangelist right where she met Jesus. She happens to be the only woman recorded in the scriptures that Jesus Christ had a private, lengthy one on one with. It all started with Christ need, request and her willingness to oblige him even without knowing who he was. You’ll also note that she went into town to evangelise without convincing assurance of who Christ was, verse 28 -30.
The Samaritan woman was willing to be vulnerable to scrutiny. She was fearless of criticism, loving and generous enough to want to share the peace that has flooded her heart with others. You see, having spent sometime with Christ, his glory has robbed on her, her countenance had changed because when she went to town, she was glowing, the people were wondering, what could be responsible for this joy exuding from this “forsaken” woman.
Remember, she had a reputation, not a very nice one and probably not many pay attention to her, nothing good is expected from her. Yet, just an encounter with Christ changed all that. She spoke and the whole town listened and followed her back as she led them to the presence of Jesus Christ. Oh, she harvested souls that day that would have taken a lifetime. Just Imagine how huge her account in heaven is.
A whole city followed Christ – John 4:39-42. The rejected, good for nothing Samaritans heard the gospel and believed while the Jews – Pharisees and Sadducees were plotting to snuff life out of this eternal life giving phenomenal – message of the gospel.
Sisters and friends, will you enlist to work for the Lord by living a fulfilled life in Christ Jesus. Find yourself in the gospel of love and compassion, repent of all known sins, forgive others and forgive yourself, embrace this beautiful life of Christ redeemed and set your eyes on endless possibilities. Matthew 6:33 Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness and all other things shall be added unto you. Restoration is available. Trust God, he will deliver. Jesus is Lord.